Desert Prelude, Early clashes

 
very little has been written of the first battles in the Mediterranean and North Africa and even 
less of the air war there. This book goes a long way to redressing the omissions. In the period 
June to November 1940 covered by this book, it was a conflict between the British and Free French 
against the Italians
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NAME: Desert Prelude, Early clashes

CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1600
DATE: 140310
AUTHOR: Hakan Gustavsson, Ludovico Slongo
PUBLISHER: MMP
BINDING: Soft back
PAGES: 224
PRICE: GB 19.99
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, 1939-1945, North Africa, desert warfare, aviation, French Air Force, 
Italian Air Force, Royal Air Force
ISBN: 978-83-89450-52-4
IMAGE: B1600.jpg
LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/ 
DESCRIPTION: This is part of the MMP White Series that provides detail history together 
with many photographs and some colour drawings. The publisher's roots are in producing 
special interests books that are aimed at model makers and model engineers. From those 
roots the publisher has developed into ranges of books that continue to provide the photographic 
and drawing detail that a modeller would require, but including that in a book that contains 
extensive and detailed text to satisfy the historian and aviation enthusiast. Desert Prelude, 
Early clashes The Battles of Norway, of France, and of Britain and the Eastern Front where 
Germany fought the USSR were the battle grounds that had first priority. All of the new weapons 
and equipment were tried in these areas of the conflict. At sea the main preoccupation was in 
the North Atlantic. All other battlefields took second place. Similarly, the Pacific was the 
main area of focus for the United States although its forces made an important contribution 
in Europe. As a result, authors and publishers have followed the priority battles. The 
Mediterranean and North Africa have received less attention that they deserve. What attention 
has been given has concentrated largely on the duel between Montgomery and Rommel, with some 
coverage of the US Torch landings after the British had defeated Rommel. In the process, very 
little has been written of the first battles in the Mediterranean and North Africa and even less 
of the air war there. This book goes a long way to redressing the omissions. In the period June 
to November 1940 covered by this book, it was a conflict between the British and Free French 
against the Italians and the Vichy French. In the air, it was largely a battle between biplanes 
with a few obsolescent monoplanes. The twin engine Blenheim MkIF passed for a high performance 
fighter. British Gauntlet and Hart biplanes fought Fiat biplanes were their armament was essentially 
from WWI. The British Gladiator was an advanced biplane having four rifle calibre machine guns, 
enclosed cockpit and radiotelephone. The authors have captured this well and the many photographs 
include rare and unseen images. All in all, this is an excellent book at a very affordable price.

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